Patients wearing braces, whether children, adolescents or adults, are usually concerned about the duration of the treatment. One of the things they might ask their orthodontists is to provide any tips on how to get braces off faster. Although they want the perfect smile as a result of the orthodontic treatment, many are impatient to show off the results.
While an orthodontist usually provides patients with a pretty good estimate of how long they should expect braces, there are some things patients can do to make sure the time does not get extended or even to shorten the duration slightly.
If a patient is serious about how to get braces off faster, she should start by comparing dental offices, looking at the orthodontists’ experience and at the technology used in the office. Experience gained through many years of work with many patients is invaluable. An experienced orthodontist will be able to identify and anticipate problems that can arise during the treatment with braces and suggest solutions that can help to shorten the duration of the treatment. A dental office that depends on the latest technology available to design and implement treatment can also help to shorten the total duration of said treatment. When the latest technology available is used, the treatment can be further customized for the patient.
Once treatment begins, patients can help to shorten the duration of treatment by following their dentists’ indications completely and exactly. These indications are given to the patients to ensure the success of the treatment, but many patients ignore them or modify them.
Patients whose treatment includes rubber bands need to wear the bands every day for the entire day. Skipping days will only add more time to the total duration of the treatment, but wearing them can mean that the treatment will be slightly accelerated. Rubber bands are used to provide additional pressure, and as a result, they help to lessen total treatment time.
Maintaining good oral hygiene can also help a patient who is worried about how to get braces off faster. Patients who brush often, and do it correctly, and floss daily prevent tooth decay and further complications that can slow down the progress of orthodontic treatment. This also includes following the schedule of professional cleanings.
Even diet can help patients who want to shorten their time with braces. Following the orthodontist’s recommendations for a healthy, balanced diet of soft foods is one of the most important things a patient can do. This also includes avoiding sticky foods and hard foods that can pull the brackets off and cause more complications. Another thing to avoid is sugary foods. Sticky foods and sugary foods can get into hard to clean spots on the teeth, allowing food and bacteria to build up, creating plaque and promoting tooth decay. All these things can lengthen the overall treatment time. But patients who comply with the diet restrictions can find that less complications also mean possibly having to wear their braces for a shorter time than they originally expected.